Language: German. English is widely spoken
Currency: Euro. Please note that Credit Cards are not widely accepted as in Ireland or the UK.
Food: The cost of eating out is reasonable, with dinner available from about 10 euro
Drink: Beer and wine is generally cheaper than in Ireland or the UK with a large glass of beer costing about 3 euro. Spirits and coffee are usually more expensive.
Austrian ski resorts combine a winning mix of tradition and fairytale prettiness with inter-connected ski areas and a massive dollop of good old-fashioned fun.
Short airport-resort transfers make Austria ideal for families, with many resorts just 90 minutes from Salzburg. In resort, families will find a welcome and standard of care for children that’s hard to beat.
Austrian resorts – especially those catering for beginners and intermediates – are compact and easy to get around. You’ll not need to worry about hauling the whole family’s ski gear from one end of the resort to the other!
The biggest plus when skiing or boarding in Austria is its value-for-money, it’s much cheaper than the popular French Alps.
Famous for being the birthplace of Mozart, Salzburg is the fourth-largest city in Austria and is surrounded by stunning mountainous settings. Adorned with elaborate architecture, and with 130 ski resorts located within a 3 hour drive of the city, Salzburg will provide the perfect holiday destination whatever your taste.
With vast mountain ranges, beautiful glaciers and hundreds of ski resorts, Austria has something for everyone. Salzburg Airport is the gateway to many of Austria’s top ski resorts like, Alpbach, Saalbach and St Anton.
Higher resorts are snow-sure and Austria invests heavily in snow-making to ensure that you will always get skiing.
The SkiWelt area alone has 1,500 snow cannons ready to fluff up those long blue runs for you. Larger resorts have a cosmopolitan feel and more challenging ski terrain to satisfy the most expert skier or boarder.
Increasingly, Austrian mountain restaurants have a reputation for serving excellent food and various resorts host music and comedy festivals during the winter season.
There are excellent snow parks for boarders and freestylers in resorts like Mayrhofen, night skiing in Söll and Kitzbühel, and back country/ski touring options for the hardcore element near Bad Hofgastein.
Alpbach – Great for Beginners
This charming little village in Western Austria is small and compact with oodles of atmosphere and a breath-taking backdrop. Located 2 hours south of Salzburg Airport, Alpbach is a very friendly resort, which is why UK families return year after year.
Saalbach – Good for Intermediates
This stunning resort is only a 90-minute drive south from Salzburg airport and offers skiing for the more adventurous intermediates. It also has the added bonus of owning the most sophisticated ski lift system in Austria.
St Anton – Expert Skiers Paradise
St Anton is located in the west of Austria and is about a 3 hour drive from Salzburg airport. It has some tricky slopes and is well known for attracting seasoned skiers. Beginners and families are always welcome too, but we’d recommend the slopes at neighbouring resorts of Lech and Zurs, which are more suitable for newbies to ski.
All ski packages from Belfast International to Austria are operated by Topflight and come with Resort transfers.